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THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR) OF 

COUNTRIES IS AN IMPORTANT MECHANISM & OPPORTUNITY FOR NGO'S TO

REVIEW GENDER COMPONENTS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY UPR REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS.

 

http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/upr/pages/uprmain.aspx

 

THE FINAL REPORTS OF THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW WORKING GROUP MAY CONTAIN GENDER FOCUSED TEXT THAT CAN BE VERY

USEFUL IN NGO ADVOCACY.

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SEARCH FOR UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REPORTS BY COUNTRIES/SESSIONS:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/Documentation.aspx

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SHADOW REPORTS PRESENTED DURING THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW CAN BE HIGHLY INFORMATIVE.

 

A SHADOW-ALTERNATIVE REPORT MAY BE SUBMITTED BY NGO'S ACCORDING TO GUIDELINES AND DEADLINES.

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/UPR/TechnicalGuideEN.pdf

 

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/NgoHandbook/ngohandbook7.pdf

 

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF UPR INFORMATION - CHECK FOR UPDATES

19 March 2012 for submissions on Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala and Benin; and
26 March 2012 for submissions on Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka.

Please note that the maximum length for submissions is 2815 words when submitted by individual stakeholders, and 5630 words when submitted jointly by several stakeholders.

UPR INFORMATION FOR NGO'S:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/NgosNhris.aspx

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http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/upr/pages/uprmain.aspx

Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review "has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by 2011, will have reviewed the human rights records of every country. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the new Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this new mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

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